Communities of Practice

Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education

Editors: McDonald, Jacquie, Cater-Steel, Aileen (Eds.)

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  • Discusses the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (CoPS) and research into their application in higher education
  • Offers insights into existing or planned CoP implementation 
  • Provides practical guidance on establishing and sustaining higher education CoPs, based on international application and research from 71 authors across seven countries
  • Includes inspirational narratives on the opportunities and challenges faced and addressed by CoP leaders (facilitators) across a range of disciplines, contexts and locations
  • Addresses the higher education gap in the CoP literature, and the increasing emphasis on professional and social learning as well as the unique leadership role of CoP facilitators
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In this book about communities of practice in the international, higher education sector, the authors articulate the theoretical foundations of communities of practice (CoPs), research into their application in higher education, leadership roles and how CoPs sustain and support professional learning. Research demonstrates that communities of practice build professional and personal links both within and across faculty, student services and administrative and support units. This book describes how community of practice members may be physically co-located and how social media can be used to connect members across geographically diverse locations. It positions higher education communities of practice within the broader community of practice and social learning literature, and articulates the importance of community of practice leadership roles, and the growing focus on the use of social media for community of practice implementation.  The multiple perspectives provide higher education leaders, academic and professional staff with the means to establish, or reflect on existing CoPs, by sharing insights and critical reflections on their implementation strategies, practical guidelines and ideas on how community of practice’s theoretical underpinnings can be tailored to the higher education context.

About the authors

Jacquie McDonald has worked with higher education academics designing online and distance-learning courses and professional learning programs for over 25 years. Her experience and research demonstrate the value of communities of practice (CoP) in building the social learning and teaching capacity of educators, and contributing to scholarly practice and publications. Since 2006 she has led the successful implementation of communities of practice at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. This initiative was recognised by a 2009 Australian Universities Quality Agency commendation and 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation. She has led a number of institutional and national fellowships and grants in CoP leadership, implementation and research. She has been invited by national and international universities to facilitate workshops and contribute to CoP projects.
Aileen Cater-Steel is a professor of information systems at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Her research interests include IT service management, IT governance, e-learning, and research supervision. At USQ she facilitates a community of practice for research supervisors. Aileen has led two Australian Research Council Linkage projects in the area of IT service management and is an active researcher in the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business Development. Aileen’s work has been published in many top-tier international academic journals. She has published three edited collections of research articles. Aileen is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Prior to her academic career, Aileen held senior IT positions in the public and private sector.

Table of contents (29 chapters)

Table of contents (29 chapters)
  • What Is a Community of Practice?

    Mercieca, Bernadette

    Pages 3-25

  • Social Learning in Higher Education: A Clash of Cultures?

    MacGillivray, Alice E.

    Pages 27-45

  • Faculty Learning Communities and Communities of Practice Dreamers, Schemers, and Seamers

    Cox, Milton D. (et al.)

    Pages 47-72

  • Using Communities of Practice to Internationalise Higher Education: Practical and Strategic Considerations

    May, Helen (et al.)

    Pages 73-97

  • Delivering Institutional Priorities in Learning and Teaching Through a Social Learning Model: Embedding a High Impact Community of Practice Initiative at the University of Tasmania

    Pedersen, Kristin Warr (et al.)

    Pages 99-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Communities of Practice
Book Subtitle
Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education
Editors
  • Jacquie McDonald
  • Aileen Cater-Steel
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2879-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2879-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-2877-9
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9728-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIX, 622
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations
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